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15 Must-Have Apps That Will Make Your Life More Convenient

15 Must-Have Apps That Will Make Your Life More Convenient

We live in a time where there is a need for speed. An average person performs multiple tasks during each day besides their regular work. We organize our time as best as we can to do as much as possible. Still, efficiency is the key. Luckily, with modern technological advancements we can get the information we need almost instantly, and while on the go.

Just about everyone owns a smartphone nowadays and these devices have become one of our best friends over a short period of time. Some might argue that there is a huge downside to this and that people are becoming anti-social because of their modern gadgets. That may be true, but it all depends on the individual and how he or she plans on using the latest technological advancements.

Amongst other things, smartphones have thousands of apps coming out each month. If used properly, these apps can improve your life significantly and help you do regular activities more efficiently, and here is how.

1. Pocket Yoga

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    The name of this app is self-explanatory. It’s an app that brings yoga to your phone. It has many yoga exercises to choose from, depending on the difficulty, duration, or simply the exercises you feel like doing. No matter how much time you have for your yoga session or the your skill level required for performing these exercises, with Pocket Yoga you can find what you need. Instant pocket Yoga, simple as that. The app is free.

    2. Dreamdays

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      Dreamdays is an app that allows you to count down days to a designated date. While doing so you can sort all of your countdowns by time and categories. Each of the countdowns created are customizable, and you can add recorded voice memos, personal background or any other emotions that relate to the event you are counting down to. Furthermore, you can use the app to share your feelings, or delights about that event on Twitter or Facebook. The cost of the app is 0.99 dollars.

      3. Smart Alarm Clock

      This app is a crafty tool that analyzes and records your sleeping patterns and wakes you up at the ideal moment once your body has received its rest. It uses the accelerometers, geometers and smart algorithms of your smartphone to detect and monitor your movements while you are asleep. Based on the collected data it can determine in which stage of sleep you are in, and the alarm will go off in the most natural to allow you to wake up easily. This is a great app for business people that are on a tight schedule and have trouble getting enough sleep. The Smart Alarm Clock price is $ 1.99.

      4. DailyBurn

      If you don’t want to pay for expensive monthly subscriptions at the gym, or simply don’t have enough time to go to the gym, you will find that DailyBurn is just the right choice for you. DailyBurn has a huge database of professional HD training videos for yoga, strength training, beginner workouts, dance lessons, cardio training etc. The need for an instructor is completely removed with DailyBurn and you can definitively find training videos that can suit your needs, whether you’re looking for long work-outs or short training sessions, and it is completely free.

      5. OpenTable

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        There is absolutely nothing more annoying than having to wait for weeks to get a table at some fancy restaurant you like. If you want to avoid this whole process get an OpenTable app! Convenience is what this app is all about and with just a few clicks you can get access to reservations in over twenty thousand restaurants located in United States, Mexico and Canada.

        Whenever a reservation opens up you can quickly sign up for that place, without having to call anyone or wait in lines. The app also allows you to share reservations on social networks or invite friends to join you. OpenTable is free.

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        6. Ellucian Go

        This is an app college students will find really useful. It has access to a database of almost all colleges in the entire United States. It updates users about the recent events on your college, homework, grades, schedules and other things. All available in one convenient place. This I a great app for students that study long way from home and they can easily get updated when they are visiting their parents. The app is free.

        7. Lumosity Mobile

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          If you like challenging your brain all the time, then Lumosity Mobile is the right thing for you. This app creates training programs that train your brain. It was designed by expert neuroscientists to help users train attention, memory, logic and a lot more. If you like your mind to stay ahead of the curve then you will have fun playing Lumosity games. It’s a free to use app.

          8. Health Mate

          Health mate is your health’s, well, mate. Using the sensors in your smartphone this app tracks and monitors your everyday hearth rate and activity. It measures how active you have been during the day and tells you how much stress you’ve put on your heart. If you find that you are not as active as you would like to be, you can set goals using this app to ensure that you stay active throughout the day. And the best thing is that it is free to use.

          9. Paperless

          For people who like creating and using lists this app is something they’ve waited for a long time. This app allows you to create literally anything in your list. It’s a quite simple, but powerful tool that allows you to do anything from creating your grocery list to writing down a starting plan for your vacation. It has a simple, yet beautiful design that has a lot of fun icons you can attach to your lists. The price for this app is $ 2.99.

          10. Vallet – Virtual Wallet

          This is an app that simulates your virtual wallet. Vallet is a really useful app that looks and acts like a normal wallet, but it as it has many more conveniences. You can keep all of your essentials in one place: business cards, credit cards, ID’s, or, create a unique category that suits your needs. The app comes with a security system that has a passcode you can customize so that nobody else can access your Vallet. Vallet is a free app.

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          11. Find My iPhone

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            I encourage all iPhone users to get this app as soon as possible if they don’t have it already. With Find My iPhone you can find your missing phone on a map, lock it remotely, send a message on it, erase everything you have on it, or make it play sounds. We constantly lose our phones, and regardless of whether you’ve lost it somewhere around the house or you dropped it on your way to work, Find My Phone will, in fact, FIND YOUR PHONE. It’s a free app, so make sure you get it.

            12. KIK Messenger

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              KIK is a fairly new messenger app that is growing in users rapidly. What makes it special is that it’s a clutter free messenger app that was enhanced to make up for the shortcomings of its older relatives. It’s a powerful tool that allows quick and easy communication on all of your devices. You don’t need any usernames or numbers to contact people and communicate with them without any distractions or glitches. KIK Messenger is free to use.

              13. Mynd

              Mynd is an app that transforms your smartphone into your personal assistant. With just one tap, you can join conference calls, propose meetings, coordinate a group of people for meetings, and see the travel time needed to get between all of your scheduled meetings. You can even access LinkedIn automatically to find out who is attending a certain meeting. Managers, HR workers and other people who need to handle a large number of people are likely to fall in love with Mynd. It’s a free app.

              14. Mint Personal Finance

              Sometimes we forget to check our bank accounts and when we take a look to see how things are doing, we are surprised by what we see. We get carried away and have no clue about how much we are spending and how much money we have left on our account. This is why a lot of people love this app. With it, you can track all of your spending, create bill reminders, make a money-saving plan or create a brand new budget. It can even remind you when your bills are due so that you don’t forget paying them.  It’s a free app.

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              15. Nice Weather 2

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                For people who travel a lot, whether for business or pleasure, this app is the right thing. It’s a visually appealing app that can help you organize yourself and plan what to wear when going somewhere. If the weather is an important factor to you, then this beautiful app is your best choice.

                If you think any of these apps will fit in with your lifestyle and make things more convenient for you, give them a try. They are inexpensive, considering just how much easier they will make your life.

                Featured photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/nnova/ via flickr.com

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                Ivan Dimitrijevic

                Ivan is the CEO and founder of a digital marketing company. He has years of experiences in team management, entrepreneurship and productivity.

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                Last Updated on October 16, 2019

                11 Meeting Scheduler Apps to Boost Your Productivity

                11 Meeting Scheduler Apps to Boost Your Productivity

                Automations are key to improving efficiency. Set the system up right from the beginning and you’ll reduce the amount of no-shows and cancellations.

                Whatever your business is, with automations, meeting scheduler apps do more than just streamline appointment setting. They prime your workflow for maximum results.

                Meeting scheduler apps are awesome if you use them right. Use them wrong and you can look like an arrogant elitist.

                In this article, I will share with you 11 great meeting scheduler apps you can start using today to boost your productivity.

                1. ScheduleOnce

                  ScheduleOnce is an industry leader and robust solution. Whether you work alone or have a large team, ScheduleOnce can support you.

                  ScheduleOnce allows you to create multiple users and multiple calendars. I use one calendar for booking podcast guests with automations set up to prep my guests for our interview. I use another calendar for strategy sessions and coaching calls.

                  ScheduleOnce also has embeddable widgets so you can keep the scheduler inside your own website.

                  Starting at $7 a month and a 14 day free trial, ScheduleOnce can fit a variety of needs in business.

                  Available on Web

                  2. Calendly

                    Calendly stands out for its clean, easy to use interface. If you like clean design, Calendly might be your choice. It too has robust automations and integrations for individuals and teams alike.

                    You can try Calendly free for 14 days. Their basic plan is free while their most robust plan is only $12 a month.

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                    Available on Web | Google Chrome Extension

                    3. Assistant.to

                      For those who use gmail, Assistant.to is a super simple solution.

                      From inside an email, you click on the Assistant.to icon and pick times your free. Assistant.to embeds the times directly into the email so the recipient can quickly pick a time that works for them.

                      While it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of apps like Calendly or ScheduleOnce, Assistant.to is completely free.

                      Available on Web

                      4. Acuityscheduling

                        Acuity is a robust meeting scheduler very similar to ScheduleOnce. It integrates with CRMs, Email Marketing platforms, Analytics tools and accounting software.

                        It comes with a 14 day free trial. They have a free solo account but if you want the benefit of the integrations, you’ll start as low as $15 a month and can cost up to $50 a month.

                        Available on Web | iOS | Android

                        5. Pick

                          Built for simplicity, Pick is direct and easy to use. You can create your own url extension like pick.co/yournamehere and it integrates with Google calendar and Office 365.

                          At $3 a month, this is a great tool for quick scheduling.

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                          Available on Web

                          6. X.ai

                            For those who are early adopters of AI, this may be the solution for you. X.ai created two AI assistants they call Amy and Andrew Ingram. After setting up your account you simply CC them on your emails with the person you’re wanting to schedule and the AI assistants will email your guests from there until your appointment is set.

                            This type of scheduler feels more personal because of the dialogue. There are stories on their site of people thinking Amy and Andrew are real people. X.ai integrates with Google, Office 365 and Outlook.

                            Starting at $29 a month for an Individual account and $39 a month per user for a Team account, Amy and Andrew are ready to schedule meetings for you. Want to try it out first? They do have a free trial.

                            Available on Web

                            7. YouCanBook.me

                              is another competitive solution for scheduling meetings online. You can manage the calendars of your entire team, configure booking forms, and integrate with your calendar.

                              They have a free account branded with their company name or you can have some control over your branding and appearance at $10 a month for all their features. Either way, this company is worth a look.

                              Available on Web

                              8. Doodle

                                Doodle is unique in the space of meeting schedulers because it helps groups of people find a time to meet that works for everyone.

                                It integrates with your calendar and allows you to send a poll to all invited. Once people vote on the poll you can see which time works best for everyone.

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                                You can also run polls for food preferences if you’re scheduling a lunch meeting or a section of town if people are coming from all over.

                                While there is a free account, you’ll unlock it’s potential starting at $39 per year.

                                Available on Web | iOS | Android

                                9. WhenAvailable

                                  WhenAvailable is another scheduler that works for groups of people. You can use it to schedule a pickup game of basketball, decide on your next book club or book your family reunion.

                                  Their free account allows up to 20 guests, unlimited events and one contact group. For $15 a year you unlock all the goodies including reminders and chat messages.

                                  Available on Web

                                  10. Rally

                                    Like Doodle and WhenAvailable, Rallly is helpful for scheduling meetings and events with multiple people involved. You create a poll and everyone votes. It’s quick and easy.

                                    Unlike Doodle, it doesn’t have as many features, but it’s entirely free.

                                    Available on Web

                                    11. NeedtoMeet

                                      Finishing strong, NeedtoMeet is our last app that allows you to schedule meetings or events for multiple people. It has mobile apps, custom urls, easy polling, notifications and commenting.

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                                      NeedtoMeet also allows 1:1 Meetings for things like performance reviews for your whole team. You send out the your calendar slots to your team and they can only pick 1 slot, minimizing the amount of emails and scheduling you have to coordinate.

                                      While they have a free account, you can unlock all features for only $19 a year.

                                      Available on Web

                                      Bonus: Don’t Make These Common Mistakes When Using Meeting Schedulers

                                      In the excitement of streamlining your scheduling process, it can be easy to forget the feelings of those you’re inviting to meet. I know. I’ve done this.

                                      To say “Hey, schedule time on my calendar” feels colder than “Hey, here’s my calendar. To avoid all the back and forth, pick a time that works best for you.”

                                      Always make sure to frame your invite with your scheduler app with the benefit to them and why we’re doing it this way rather than the old fashioned, personal way.

                                      A little finesse goes a long way. Without it, you risk seeming transactional and cold.

                                      Some meeting scheduler widgets you can embed in your site can take a couple seconds to load. If you go this route, make sure there’s text just above the widget that lets your guest know the calendar will appear below and to wait for it to load.

                                      If you use an online meeting tool like Zoom, it’s also important to explicitly let them know the meeting will take place on Zoom and include the Zoom link in the email reminder. Many make the mistake of not clarifying where the meeting will actually take place which can create last minute chaos at the time of the meeting.

                                      Should you require special settings, like ethernet, external mics or lighting, let your guests know that on your thank you page and reminder emails so they are prepared for the meeting and you end up with the best meeting possible.

                                      With clear communication in your automation, your meeting scheduler tools can almost perform like a virtual assistant for a fraction of the cost, or free, depending on the app you choose.

                                      The Bottom Line

                                      Meeting scheduler apps are diverse in features and unique in design. Before committing to one and realizing it’s not a fit, I recommend exploring which 3 might best fit you and then doing a trial with each of them at the same time so that you can see how they feel as you use them side by side.

                                      Scheduling meetings the old fashioned way can be tedious. Conversely, finding a scheduling app that works seamlessly in the background is heavenly.

                                      Like cell phones, meeting scheduler apps are moving from a nice-to-have luxury to must-have necessity in the lives of productive people. As you explore your options, stay true to your brand and the tools that have worked well for you to this point and simply find a meeting scheduler app that plays well with what you have created.

                                      Featured photo credit: rawpixel via unsplash.com

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